1/35 Academy IDF Magach 6B Gal Batash
New fresh scaled model from Sandakan Hobby in my display rack right now. Academy IDF Magach 6B Gal Batash as we known as Israel Modified M60 Patton from US. IDF Magach has been modified and upgraded the basic M60 Tank to achieve what IDF Tank Commander requirement in 80s and IDF lesson during Yom Kippur Battle where a lot of IDF MBT has been destroyed by the new kind of Anti Tank Weapon especially from Soviet Made.
This Magach has been upgraded and fitted with 4th generation passive armor and 908 hp engine. The turret has angled sides and angled mantlet. This variant is sometimes unofficially referred to as Magach 7D or Magach 8. A limited number of vehicles were converted from the Magach 6B Gal variant.
Magach first conflict involved in Lebanon War 1982 and it give more significant aspect on protecting and fire power to IDF ground forces during that war.
Since the 1980s and 1990s, the Magachs are gradually replaced with Merkava tanks as Israel's front-line main battle tank. However, the large majority of the IDF's armored corps continued to consist of Magach variants until the 1990s, and the tank was continuously upgraded during this time.
By 2006 all Magachs in regular units have been replaced with the Merkava but during the current conflict with Gaza last month. We still can see Magach 7 and 8 still operated well in frontline with IDF ground troops during the invasion in Gaza.
Pray For Gaza and Hope there Immortal Peace on that Holy Land